Small business plea to Osborne

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SOUTH Yorkshire small businesses have urged chancellor George Osborne to simplify the tax system and make small business rates relief permanent in his budget.

Mr Osborne will unveil his latest budget on March 20.

Gordon Millward, regional chairman of the Federation of Small Business said: “With the economy only growing a fraction in 2012, the chancellor must deliver a budget that is unashamedly focussed on boosting small business.

“Confidence is rising among small business owners, but there is still caution. And, even though unemployment has fallen considerably, consumer confidence to spend and boost the economy is far from sufficient.

“Simplifying the tax system and making small business rates relief permanent should be the chancellor’s priority.”